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Grave of 'Nosferatu' discovered

The Local · 22 Feb 2011, 16:04

Published: 22 Feb 2011 16:04 GMT+01:00

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Long before "Twilight" and "True Blood" tried to make the undead sexy, Schreck set the foundation for pop culture vampires way back in 1922. It was then he played the creepy Count Orlok in F.W. Murnau's film "Nosferatu" - now considered a horror classic.

Schreck would go on to star in a further 40 films, but the whereabouts of his final resting place were unknown for many years.

“Schreck's grave was supposedly in Munich, where he died” some 75 years ago, said Stefan Eickoff, the author of biography about the actor.

Only by coincidence did a journalist researching Berlin's cemeteries discover "Nosferatu" was actually buried just south of the German capital's city limits.

The new memorial to the silver-screen ghoul is a 138 centimetre-high granite slab, bearing the simple inscription “Max Schreck, Actor,” along with the dates of his birth and death. A foundation for the German Film Museum covered the costs.

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Eickoff called the spruced-up grave an overdue honour for a "forgotten, worthy artist, who helped German film achieve world renown."


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17:55 February 22, 2011 by William Thirteen
look forward to paying my respects next time i find myself in the accursed lands of Bayern...
22:40 February 22, 2011 by DOZ
That look looks like my Mother. I wander where she got to.
08:19 February 23, 2011 by Zobirdie
@W.13- I think he is in Berlin? Or did I misread?
10:46 February 23, 2011 by marimay
Is it a coincidence that shrek looks like schreck?

I hate shrek.
12:36 February 23, 2011 by William Thirteen
Hi Zobirdie,

actually i misread it! Which is super, as it means i can go visit Schreck's grave once the spring thaw shows up here in the Hauptstadt. I've already made the pilgrimage to Murnau's grave, which is in a nearby cemetery.


'Nosferatu' is a very special film...
18:15 February 23, 2011 by The Pirate
Thought he was buried in Manchester at the theatre of screams. Arf Arf
16:00 February 24, 2011 by Zobirdie
I think that would be fun! I am up here (shivering) too. But they didnt say which plot he is in!
18:00 February 24, 2011 by avserb
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06:12 February 25, 2011 by lothringen
How stupid and how typical, these journalists, You managed to type some words, but didn't care enough about your readers to Go Snap a Photo.
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